Aug 18, 2023

Expansion project at Kris

ByTraci DeLore

Date: 8/3/2023 11:42 AM

ROME — Kris-Tech Wire is doubling down on its commitment to the Rome community with a building project that will double the company’s production, warehouse, and office space at its 80 Otis St. headquarters.

“We’re excited to continue investing in our people, customers, and community,” President/CEO Graham Brodock said in a release announcing the project. “This expansion is a statement of our belief in our business and team, and we look forward to yet another one soon.”

The industrial wire and cable-products manufacturer is working with Syracuse–based design-build and construction firm VIP Structures on the project, which broke ground on July 12 and is expected to wrap up in early 2024. The new space will boast twice the production, warehouse, and office space and represents the Kris-Tech Wire’s most-ambitious project since it opened a Houston, Texas stocking facility in early 2022. According to the VIP website, the original Kris-Tech building was 50,000 square feet with 26,000 square feet of additional warehouse space added shortly after that.

The project is part of a multi-year campaign to expand operations and product lines into emerging markets and support more jobs. Kris-Tech officials declined to share any sales or employment figures.

The expansion is being added to Kris-Tech’s existing facility and will house several additional production lines including the company’s recently expanded tray cable division, stocking and storage areas, training rooms, and more. It also allows Kris-Tech Wire to consolidate a current offsite facility back into company headquarters.

The company plans to expand further into the tray cable market with new products and additional custom options. Tray cable is a multi-purpose product used across many commercial and industrial applications, including controls, power, lighting, and instrumentation or signal devices.

This latest building expansion marks the fourth project the company has worked on with VIP Structures.

“It’s a tremendous partnership between Kris-Tech and VIP, and to help the Kris-Tech team grow through another facility expansion is so important to us,” VIP CEO Meg Tidd said when the project broke ground in July. “Supporting manufacturing in Central New York is what we do, and working together with a local family company to achieve continued growth here in our community is the best part of what we do.”

“This project represents a significant milestone for Kris-Tech as well as our community and highlights the growth and development we are experiencing,” Rome Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kristen Skobla said. “The expansion of Kris-Tech’s facilities demonstrates their commitment to our region and their confidence in our local economy. It showcases the potential and opportunities available here, both for businesses and the workforce.”

Twin brothers Gerry and Glenn Brodock founded Kris-Tech Wire in 1984. Now in its third generation of family ownership, the business provides a full range of wire solutions for the building, commercial, and utility industries. Products are manufactured in the Rome facility.

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